Written by: Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis
Art by: Scott Kolins, Colleen Doran, Hi-Fi and Rob Leigh
Release Date: February 24, 2016
Another month passes by and another issue of Justice League 3001 awaits to be read. The circle of DC life is unchanging and eternal. At least it will be until June. Anyways, last time we set up an entirely new Justice League and their plan to take down the Scullions. This time who knows? I don't know, but I do know that I'm looking forward to it. And knowing is half the battle, don't you know dude? With that in mind, let's get to the meat of this article, the cheese of this pizza, the stuffing of this turkey...lets get on to the review.
Our issue begins in the court of the mysterious villainess (Lady Styx) who is anointing Terrance Magnus (Flash's brother) with powers unlike any he has ever known. Terrance is given a new name (Eclipso) and command over the Dark Lady's forces. After all, they have to crush what remains of the Justice League...
Meanwhile, back on JL Headquarters, Supergirl and Ice are having a discussion about their plans to save the Universe. We still don't really know what the plan is, but we know that Supergirl sent Wonder Woman and a few others to do some recon work on Earth. This team is quickly found by the Scullions and a huge battle breaks out like acne on a teenager. Fortunately, the Flash gets her head in the game and manages to identify their weaknesses as their job comes to an end.
On the planet Bohdi, Supergirl has now mobilized the rest of the Justice League to do some recon of their own. Bohdi was the first planet Styx conquered and they want to find more about her. Unfortunately, all they find is a wasteland and a giant monster. Flash forward to Eclipso, and despite some squabble he has mobilized Styx' army and lieutenants. War is coming.
The issue then gives us a few pages of backstory on one of the Justice League's greatest enemies, Lois Lane. Lane has in fact kept (the presumed dead) Ariel Masters alive and is discussing what her plans for the universe are. As Lane puts it, she only really hates Superman, she doesn't really want Styx to take over.
Bit's and Pieces:
This comics has been really hard for me to grade. The humor is there, the art is there and the characters are there, but there was something missing. Well I thought long about it and I think it has to be the plot. Last month, we spent a whole issue discussing how bad things had gotten for the JL and how difficult coming up with a plan was; all for this? That's the plan we're getting? Recon? It just seems a bit disingenuous. Anyways, when all is said and done it wasn't a bad issue, but it wasn't great.